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HUGH WRIGHT * Esquire, .
heiress, Anne-Isabella who inherits the other moiety of the manor of Chester Deanery, bora May 17, 1792, and married January 2, 1815, George Gordon, sixth Lord Byron (who, by Royal License, took the name of Noel on the decease of Judith Lady Noel in 1822, in order to entitle him to the life-tenancy of the Noel estates) the eminent poet, who died 19th April, 1824, and by whom she had an only daughter Ada,
(" Ada! sole daughter of my house and heart",)
who married, July 8, 1835, William Baron Xing, created Earl of I,ovelace in 1838, Viscount Ockham, of Ockham in the county of Surrey, and Baron King also of Ockham, by whom she had 1, Byron-Noel, Viscount Ockham, R. N., born 12th May, 1836; 2, Anne-Isabella-Noel, bora 1837; Ralph-Gordon-Noel, born 2nd July, 1839. The Countess of Lovelace died universally lamented, November 27th, 1852
• Hugh Wright, mayor of Durham in 1602,1615, 1623, and 1632, was the eldest son of William Wright, alderman of Durham. He was twice married: first, to Thomasine, daughter of Anthony Theobald, of Rushal, Esq., in the county of Stafford, by whom he had two sons and four daughters; secondly, to Hilda, daughter of Sir Hugh Cholmley, of Whitby Abbey, Knight, by whom he had t wo sons and ono daughter He was buried on the 4th June, 1654.
t Robert Bowes, of Biddic Waterville, or South Biddic, was the younger brother of Sir George Bowes, of Bradley, chief and heir general to all the family honours and estates, and grandson of Sir George Bowes, the gallant defender of Barnard Castle during the "Rising of the North," 1569. He was bom on the 29th of September, 1597; married, on the 31st of January, 1620, Joan, daughter of Robert Hutton, D.D., rector of Houghton, and prebendary of Durham. He died in July, 1635.—Surlecs.
GEORGE LILBURNE * Gentleman,
• The family of Lilburne, a younger branch of a very ancient and honourable house, seated at West Lilbume, in Northumberland, had long resided at ThickleyPunchardon, in the parish of St. Andrew's-Auckland, county of Durham, an estate which descended to Colonel Robert Lilburne, [elder brother to tho well-known Colonel John Lilburne,] M. P. for the county of Durham, in 1654. He was a commander of the parliamentary forces, and was appointed governor of Newcastle in 1647. In the following year, ho sat on the king's trial, and signed the warrant for his execution. He was afterwards Major General of the North of England, and together with Sir Arthur Haslerigg, ruled the county of Durham, during the interregnum. He represented Malton in 1659. On the restoration, he was tried with the other regicides, October 16, 1660; he offered no defence, but entreated the favour of the king, and his sentence was commuted to perpetual banishment to tho Island of St. Nicholas, near Plymouth, where he died in 1665.—Sharp's List of KnighU and Burgesses, p. 13. The first of the family who settled at Sunderland, was George Lilburne, uncle of the above-named John and Robert, appointed one of the aldermen under Bishop Morton's charter: he was probably at first an adventurer in the trade of the place, and was afterwards carried forward, together with the increasing fortunes of his moro active republican relatives, to a considerable pitch of local influence. During the whole of the civil wars, he acted as tho only magistrate within the limits of the borough, and in 1664 was returned one of the knights of the shire in Cromwell's parliament. Ho sat constantly on all committees of sequestration, and contrived, in virtue of his office, to get possession of a colliery at Harraton, belonging to the lessees of Sir John Hedworth, which cleared him fifteen pounds a day He survived the restoration, and died in 1677, aged ninety-nine.— Surtecs's History of Durham, vol. i., p. 268. Is Mr. Surtees not rather too severe upon Alderman George Lilburne in the Harraton colliery case f It seems that the colliery, which was tho property of Sir John Hedworth, Knt., who died in February, 1642-3, had been leased, wholly or partially, to Colonel Thomas "Wray, of Beamish. Tho colonel, being a papist and recusant convict, was particularly obnoxious to the parliamentary party, then rising rapidly into power, and consequently the colliery was sequestered in 1644, when it was valued at £3000 a-year, perhaps owing to the Tyno being closed against tho "rebellious" city of London. In 1647 it was leased under tho state to Josiah Primate, of London, leatherseller, Alderman George Lilburne, of Sunderland, and George Grey, the younger, of Southwick—an active parliamentary officer, "who also made title under a leaso of Sir John Hedworth's to Robert Cony era, transferred by Conyers to Josiah Primate, and by him to Grey and Lilburne;" but in 1649, Sir Arthur Haslerigg, then governor of Newcastle, setting both law and justice at defiance, turned out these gentlemen, seized the Hedworth estates, goods, and chattels, and let the lands and colliery to Col. Hacker, Col. Mayers, and Major Tolhurst. Primate petitioned the parliament against the unscrupulous conduct of Sir Arthur Haslerigg, which petition was ordered to be burnt by the common hangman, and Primate fined £7,000. Lieut.-Col. John Lilburne (nephew of our alderman), who waa a party to this petition, was also
fined £7,000, and " banished out of England, Ireland, and Scotland, and the islands and territories thereunto belonging, and not to return into any of them, upon pain of being proceeded against as a felon, and in case of such return, shall suffer death immediately." Young Uedworth (son and heir of Sir John,) who was nearly all this time excluded from his estate, vented his feelings in a curious publication entitled "The Oppressed Mans Out cry: or an Epistle writ by John Headworth of Harraton in the county of Durham Esquire, the 11th of September, 1651. Ynto the Honourable Sir Henry Vane the Elder, a member of the Honourable Parliament of the Commonwealth of England; William Tone his Sonne; Lieutenant Colonell Paul Hobson, John Middle ton, Esquires, and Members of the Committee of Militia, in the County of Durham, by Authority of Parliament." In this epistle, the "oppressed man," who married Susan, daughter of the elder or Alderman George Grey of Southwick, alludes to Primate, Grey [Hedworth's brother-in-law] and 1 album* as " my tenants," and uniformly speaks of them in the highest respect, and of the worthy alderman in particular, as "my old friend,"—terms which one should think he would not hare used if Lilbumc had contrived to get possession of Harraton colliery in the manner set forth in Mr. Surtees's "princely folio." On 26th July, 1630, Henry Wycliffe, of Offerton, alienated his lands there (described in the pardon of alienation not as a third part of the manor, but as one capital messuage, two cottages, one dovecote, one garden, 120 acres of arable land, 50 meadow, 140 pasture, and a payment of a pound of cumin) to George Lilburne, gent., whose son George Lilbumc, of London, druggist, w as still owner of a third part of Offerton in 1686, about which time the other two-thirds were vested in equal portions in the families of Myddlcton and Loraine. In 1666, George Lilburne was high sheriff of the county of Durham, and on May 19th, 1659, along with many north country gentlemen well affected to the then reigning powers, was on a "commission of charities" issued by "the keepers of the liberties of England." Alderman Lilburne, notwithstanding his republican principles, was not unmindful of the poor. An inscription on the north wing of Davenport and Lilburne's Almshouses, in the church-yard at Houghtonle-Spring, informs us that " George Lilburne, Esq., built the moiety of this Hospital, at his own charge, and endowed it with Ten Pounds per annum for ever, for the maintenance of three poor people, Anno Dom. 1668." The endowment, according to his will, dated 23rd July, 1674, being charged upon his leasehold property in Sunderland, lying on the south side of the Low Street and the west side of Stob Lane. The recipients of the charity (which is still paid by the Marchioness of Londonderry, out of the above named property) to be three poor widows or widowers chosen by his executors out of the parishes of Bishopwearmouth (then including Sunderland) and Houghton-le-Spring, whose pensions were to be paid them m quarterly payments. By this will, Alderman Lilburne bequeathed his property to his then eldest surviving son, Mr. John Lilburne, of the city of London, grocer, whose son or relative George Lilburne, of Bucklesbury, grocer, is believed to have been the last of the elder branch of the family possessed of property in Sunderland The original will of Alderman Lilburne, engrossed on parchment, and drawn up in curious phraseology, showing strong orthodox religious feelings, was in the possession of the lato Mr. William Richardson, clerk to John Kidson, Esq., solicitor, Sunderland; but since Mr. Bichardson's death, in April, 1857, this relic of antiquity cannot be found. "In 1669, (says Mr. Surtees) John Hilton, of Ililton, Esq., granted his manor of Barmston for £2,750, to George Lilburne, of Sunderland, Esq., and "William Carr, of Newcastle, merchant. On the 19th April, 1681, George Ellison, of Newcastle, gent, [son of Benjamin Ellison], Isabel Ellison, widow [of Benjamin Ellison of that place, and daughter of Alderman George Lilburne of Sunderland], and William Lilburne, of Newcastle, Esq., settled the same manor, with lands in J arrow, on the marriage of George Ellison and Anne Coan, spinster. The estate rested in the family of Lilburne till after the year 1700."—llittory of Durham, vol. ii., p. 49. The manor of Barmston and part of Lilburne's lands in Offerton are now the property of the Marchioness of Londonderry. Jane, daughter, and eventually co-heiress of Benjamin Ellison above named, by his wife Isabel, daughter of Alderman George Lilburne, married, 1st September, 1674, James Clavering, of Greeneroft, Esq. (who was buried 26th January, 1721-2), to whom she had several children, one of whom, Jane Clavering, married 12th Oct., 1707, Thomas Liddell, Esq , father of Sir Henry Liddell, Bart., (created lord Ravensworth 29th June, 1747, and great-great grandfather of the Right IIon. Henry Thomas third Baron Ravensworth; the Hon Thomas Liddell; the Hon. John Liddell; the Hon. Capt. George Liddell; the Hon. and Rev. Robert Liddell; the Hon. Col. George Augustus Frederick Liddell; the Hon. Adolphus Frederick Octavius Liddell, barrister-at-law; the Marchioness of Normanby ; the Hon. Lady Williamson ; the Viscountess Barrington; the Hon. Mrs. Villiers; the Countess of Hardwicke; the Hon. Mrs. Trotter; and Lady Bloomfield. Thomas Lilburne, eldest son of the above-named Alderman George Lilburne was returned to parliament, along with James Clavering, of Axwcll Park, Esq., in 1666. He lived at Offerton, whero the family held considerable estates. In his politics he was a kingling, or one who voted that the crown and title should be offered to Cromwell—and in the pamphlets of the day ho is called a eaptain of horse, worth two hundred and seventy-three pounds per annum. In the following parliament, 1658, he represented Newcastle. He bore a commission of major in Monk's army; he died [without issue] on the 25th of March, 1665, and was buried at Houghton-lc-Spring. On his monument, ho is described as "one of the instrumental persons in his majesty's happy restoration." His estate at Offerton was in the possession of his brother George's descendants in 1737.—Sharp,p. 14. William Lilburne, grandson of the elder (or alderman) George Lilburne, by a second marriage, sold some property in Sunderland to the family of Robinson as late as 1717; his descendants were afterwards in a very reduced condition, for one of them was confined about 1742, in Morpeth gaol for debt, and being permitted by his creditors to go to Newcastle on his parole for a day to visit his mother, who was
also a prisoner for the same cause, he met by the road one , an attorney,
who reviled him most bitterly, and reproached him with his unfortunate circumstances in so taunting a manner, that Lilburne drew his sword, and running him through the body, left him dead upon the Bpot: he was tried for the fact, and found guilty of manslaughter only, in consideration of the excessive provocation.—Surtees't History of Durham, vol. i. p., 258. The large stone-built house on the east side of Vine- street, 83, High-street, Sunderland, was the property and residence of Mr George Lilburne, M. P., and High Sheriff of the County of Durham. It was the abode of the late Stephen Pemberton, Esq., J.P. &M.B., from 1796 to 1810, and then the
GEORGE GREY,* GENTLEMAN,
of Durham), to be the first and modern twelve Aldermen of the borough aforesaid, to continue in their offices from the date of
representative of the elder branch of the Pemberton family, which family there is every reasonable ground to conclude is descended from the ancient family of Pemberton of Stanhope and Aislaby. It is now in the occupation of Messrs. Robert Wight & Son, iron merchants; the Jews for their Synagogue; and several parties holding small tenements. The house itself still retains outwardly its original appearance, suitable for the residence of a knight of the shire, but its large flagged terrace in front, and the steps to its ancient entrance from the High Street, are now deformed with blacksmith's shops, or covered with merchandize, forming a strong contrast to byegone days.
• George Grey, of Southwick, descended from Henry, Lord Grey, of Codnore, purchased Hedworth's lands in Southwick, in the year 1630 : he died about 1661. His son, George Grey, was a captain of foot in the army of the parliament. In the fourth descent from the latter George, the heiress of Grey of Southwick, intermarried with Sir Charles Grey, grandfather of the present Earl Grey, of Howick Hall.
+ Mr. George Burgoine, of Sunderland, alderman, buried 27th May, 1635,Bishopwearmouth Parish Register. He was, probably, a son or relative of the Rev. Francis Burgoyne, S.T.B., rector of Bishopwearmouth from 1595 to 1632.
Hugh Walton, draper, mayor of Durham, 1633, 1634, 1639, and 1640, was the eldest son of George Walton, alderman of Durham, by Margaret, daughter of William Marley, of Seggerston Heugh. He married first, Barbara, daughter of Harrison, by whom he had a daughter Margaret, and a son William Walton, merchant, of Durham, and afterwards of Barbadoes ; his second wife was Jane Cook [buried at St. Giles's on the 13th of January, 1644], by whom he had four sons and five daughters. --Surtees.
§ George Walton, of Shacklock Hall, in Weardale, alderman of Durham was a younger brother of the above-nomed Hugh Walton : he married first, Elizabeth. daughter of Thomas Pearson, mayor of Durham, by whom he had no issue; secondly, Ann, daughter of John Richardson, of Durham, Esq., by whom he had a daughter, Anne, born in 1610, and a son, George Walton, of Stanley, Yorkshire, Surtees,